Harley Flanagan

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Harley Flanagan
Birth name Harley Frances Flanagan
Also known as Harley Cro-Mag
Born 1968
Origin New York City, New York, U.S.

Musician Author

MMA Workshop Instructor
Instruments vocals
bass guitar
Years active 1980–present
Labels ROIR
Profile Records
Century Media Records
Cro-Mags Recordings
Associated acts Cro-Mags
Harley's War
Mode of Ignorance
Murphy's Law
The Stimulators
White Devil

Harley Frances Flanagan (born 1968) is a founding member and former bassist of the hardcore punk band Cro-Mags.

At age 12, Flanagan was the drummer for The Stimulators. When he was nine, Flanagan published a book of poetry with a foreword written by family friend, Allen Ginsberg.[1]


with The Stimulators[edit]

  • Loud, Fast Rules!/Run Run Run {studio single} (1980)
  • Loud, Fast Rules! {live concert recording} (1982)
  • New York Thrash {various artists compilation} (1982)

with Cro-Mags[edit]

with White Devil[edit]

  • Reincarnation (1995)

with Harley's War[edit]

  • Cro-Mag (2003)
  • Hardcore All-Stars (2009)
  • 2012 (2012)

Legal issues[edit]

On July 6, 2012, Flanagan was arrested for allegedly stabbing two current members of Cro-Mags, and biting one of them in the groin, backstage at the Webster Hall in New York City and charged with felony assault.[2] The band's lead singer, John Joseph, said Flanagan "had been at odds with other members of the Cro-Mags since he left the band in 2000 and had not been permitted to rejoin."[3][4] Flanagan was stabbed in the leg while being subdued by security and the injuries to the victims are not life-threatening.[5][6][7] Flanagan stated he drew the knife to defend himself and that the wound to his leg required 30 stitches.[8] Charges were dropped in December 2012, due to a lack of cooperating witnesses. Couls and Bernardo are now suing Flanagan over the incident.[9]

In May 2013, Flanagan was arrested and charged with the aggravated harassment of Stacey Riley, his common law wife. Riley alleged Flanagan told her, "the next time I stab someone it's going to be you. I am going to gut you like a fish." Riley filed for an order of protection. Flanagan was released without bail, charged with aggravated harassment.[9]


  1. ^ "New York City Hardcore Poetry « Vol. 1 Brooklyn". Vol1brooklyn.com. Retrieved 2010-06-04. 
  2. ^ "Harley Flanagan’s Revenge Stabbing". nymn.com. July 27, 2012. Retrieved 2013-09-13. 
  3. ^ Moynihan, Colin (July 7, 2012). "A Stabbing, and a Feud About a Band". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-09-13. 
  4. ^ Folgar, Abel (July 9, 2012). "Harley Flanagan, Cro-Mags Founder, Goes on Stabbing and Biting Rampage". Broward Palm Beach NewTimes. Retrieved 2013-09-13. 
  5. ^ Lemoine, Ray (July 12, 2012). "Former Cro-Mags Bassist Accused of Stabbing at New York Show". The Local East Village. Retrieved 2013-09-13. 
  6. ^ Celona, Larry (July 7, 2012). "Cro-Mags founder accused of stabbing, biting band members at Webster Hall". New York Post. Retrieved 2013-09-13. 
  7. ^ Tartar, Andre (7 July 2012). "A Knife-Wielding Former Band Member Canceled the Cro-Mags' Webster Hall Show". New York Magazine. Retrieved 2013-09-13. 
  8. ^ "Former Cro-Mags Bassist Defends Himself Over Webster Hall Fight". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2013-09-13. 
  9. ^ a b Ross, Barbara. New York Daily News, June 26, 2013, "Cro-Mags founder Harley Flanagan sued over Webster Hall brawl". Accessed January 5, 2014.

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